August fiction releases: Books to let your hair down with

August fiction releases: Books to let your hair down with

August fiction releasesOur August fiction releases will be released on Aug. 13 and if you’re into LDS fiction romance, then these books are just for you! If you can’t wait until these books are released, then pre-order them on Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, or BooksAndThings.com.

Reluctant Blogger, The_2x3“The Reluctant Blogger” by Ryan Rapier

Blogging was the last thing Todd Landry expected his psychiatrist to recommend in dealing with his wife’s death. But his aversion to therapy demands drastic measures, and Todd soon finds himself writing about his sometimes-humorous struggles with single parenthood, dating, and shattered expectations. With each blog entry, Todd lets his guard down and discovers that perhaps he can find love once again.

Ryan Rapier is an Arizona native and proud alumnus of Arizona State University’s Walter Kronkite School of Broadcasting. He currently lives with his wife and four children in the state’s remote Gila Valley, where he serves as director of public relations and marketing for a local hospital. Ryan blogs regularly at www.ryansrapierwit.com.

 

“Emma: A Latter-day Tale” by Rebecca H. Jamison

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Emma’s her name and matchmaking is her game! Quirky life coach Emma wants to help her first-ever client, a lonely nanny named Harriet. But all of her attempts at matchmaking result only in embarrassing miscues and blunders, leaving the pair disheartened and confused. This modern take on the Jane Austen classic shows that sometimes the greatest match is the one we make for ourselves.

Rebecca Jamison grew up in Virginia. She attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a BA and MA in English with an emphasis in creative writing. In between college and graduate school, she served a mission to Portugal and Cape Verde.

 

 

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“Safe Passage” by Carla Kelly

It’s 1912, the beginning of the Mexican Revolution—and the Mormon colonists must flee to the United States. When his estranged wife is mistakenly left behind, Ammon Hancock goes back to rescue her. But when he finds her, he must coax her to follow him to safety… and maybe even love him again. This revolution could be the very thing that ends their war of hearts.

Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two Rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from Romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. She is also a recipient of a Whitney Award for “Borrowed Light” and “My Loving Vigil Keeping.”

Looking for the perfect gift for your dad this Father’s Day?

Looking for the perfect gift for your dad this Father’s Day?

Looking for the perfect gift for your dad this Father’s Day? Here are three Cedar Fort titles that he’s sure to love:

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1) “Daddy’s Diary” by author J. Kevin Morris. Check out this endorsement from the San Francisco Book Review:

 

“This book was an excellent read, filled with whimsical and humorous accounts of one man’s journey through life as a father of three who spent much of his time as the caregiver for the children while his wife and the children’s loving mom did what she did best, excel in working… This meant Dad was left to do everything that moms usually excel at, drawing upon minimal experience to get through his days while keeping the kids alive for at least another day.

 

J. Kevin Morris paints a candid story, and one we can relate to our own family, as we have three daughters ranging from nine to nineteen. Over the years, I’ve seen the hairdos, the outfits, and the meals my husband has managed to wholeheartedly attempt his best at. Somehow they have all survived at the hands of Dad and with as much humor as Morris’s own experiences.

 

While a quick read, Morris is able to paint a thoroughly enjoyable read reminding us that kids are quite pliable creatures and can survive all of the horrors of parenting right alongside us, creating some of the most memorable moments to be shared for a lifetime. If you are looking for a pick-me-up, gift, or good spirited laugh, then this book is the right choice for sure!”

 

2) “Marriage 101 For Men: Why Taking Out the Trash is a Turn-On” by Sherri Mills.

 

Get out of the doghouse and back into the bedroom by adopting one simple phrase—Help isn’t helpful. Whether you’ve been married for three months or thirty years, failing to “help around the house” remains a major cause of discord. Following this book’s principles, a husband learns to decrease disputes and increase intimacy by owning his share of household work, not helping his wife do it all.

 

3) “Dad Rules” by Treion Muller.

 

Kids don’t come with a manual and so far there’s no app for fatherhood, but that doesn’t mean you should parent empty-handed. No matter what fathering challenges you face, you can find the answer in here—along with a healthy dose of humor. Whether you’re a dad to tots or teens, these simple but effective dad rules are guaranteed to get the job done right.

 

 

You can find all these books and more online at www.booksandthings.com

 

 

 

Pentagon Caving to Demands of Anti-Christian Crusaders

Following a highly publicized meeting with the Pentagon in April and a flurry of activity that followed it appears the influence of Type of Christiananti-Christian crusader Mikey Weinstein and his Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) is being felt in very real ways among American servicemen. Late last month the MRFF issued a formal complaint about a painting hanging in the dining hall at Mountain Home Air Force Base that features a medieval crusader and airman with a biblical reference from Matthew 5:9 which reads “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Following the MRFF complaint, along with the alleged complaints of over 20 military personnel at the facility, the painting was removed in compliance with Weinstein’s demands who gave the Pentagon one hour to remove the painting. The MMFF called the painting “repugnant” and an “overt display of Christian nationalism.”

The overt targeting of Christian materials and those who openly express Christian beliefs is an ongoing mission of the MMFF and Weinstein who in April commented “Until the Air Force or Army or Navy or Marine Corps punishes a member of the military for unconstitutional religious proselytizing and oppression, we will never have the ability to stop this horrible, horrendous, dehumanizing behavior… It is a version of being spiritually raped.” Although individuals such as Ron Crews of the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty and Jerry Boykin of the Family Research Council have come forward in defense of the military’s existing regulations against harmful evangelization, the Pentagon has continued to give ear to Weinstein’s aggressive demands creating an increasingly toxic and risky environment for Christian service men and women in the American armed services.   

While it’s noble and necessary for influencers and leaders to come forth in defense of Christian values in the military, it’s even more important that the rank and file Christians in the armed forces come forth to defend their faith and religious expression” says Eric Shuster, author of the book Where are the Christians: the Unrealized Potential of a Divided Religion. Shuster continues “If the 20 military personnel who opposed the painting were met with 200 who supported the painting what would the Pentagon had done then? Until Christians set aside denominational differences and learn to unite along common values to consolidate its societal influence and not only stand up to bullies like Weinstein, but persecution from the IRS and other governmental institutions, it stands the risk of becoming publicly irrelevant in the not-so-distant future.”

About the Book:

Where are the Christians? uses the classic format of who, what, where and how to explore Christianity and the dynamics that unite and divide the religion into what Shuster refers to as “the unrealized potential it suffers from today.” The book examines hundreds of Biblical and scholarly sources, analyzing data from a multitude of studies leading to unique perspectives and solutions to the challenges facing Christianity in the modern era.

About the Author:

Eric Shuster has dedicated his writing career to building bridges of understanding between Christians. He is the executive director of Where Christians Companion Workbook 2x3the Foundation for Christian Studies, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study, teaching, and practice of Christianity in support of essential Christian values and compassionate service across the globe. With his professional research background, directorship at the Foundation for Christian Studies, and his unique life experiences, Eric is able to delve into complex spiritual subject matter and make it understandable and enjoyable to the everyday reader.

Live On! What It Means To Be a Survivor

Melanie Young (breast cancer survivor, and author.)

Sunday, June 2, is National Cancer Survivors Day. I’ve given lot of thought about the word “survivor” and to what it means to survive cancer in the years since I was diagnosed in 2009. Melanie small

Once you are diagnosed with cancer you ask yourself “When exactly do I become a cancer survivor?” I looked the question up online at several sites and found varying answers:

Some say you are survivor from the moment you are diagnosed

Some say you become a survivor five years after diagnosis

Some say you are a survivor after five years of being cancer free

Some say a survivor is one who remains alive

The Merriam-WebsterDictionary definition of “survivor” is “to remain alive”

Wikipedia states “A cancer survivor is an individual with cancer of any type, current or past, who is still living”

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) defines survivor as “any person diagnosed with cancer from the time of initial diagnosis throughout his or her life.”

SEPT 2009 I contacted the American Cancer Society (ACS). The ACS does not have an official definition of “cancer survivor.” The woman I spoke with on the ACS hotline said the definition of being a cancer survivor is subjective and can mean something to different to each person. Some people call themselves a “survivor” from day one of diagnosis, and others never consider themselves a survivor. Others shy away from the word entirely.

It took over two years for me to be able to say the words “I Had Cancer’ out loud and publicly without choking up. I considered myself a cancer survivor after I completed the onslaught of surgeries and treatment to eradicate the cancer from my body. I continue to take the breast cancer fighting aromatese inhibitor drug, Arimidex, daily. I consider it preventative strike to fight a recurrence.

As a breast cancer survivor who also tested positive for the BRCA2 gene mutation I live with a tiny voice in my head reminding me that I am still at risk.

But I risk my life daily walking down the streets of New York, so I try to live without fear of recurrence. Yet, recently when a rare sunburn appeared on my left arm (the one at risk for lymphedema) I panicked as I applied topical creams to sooth my skin. “Will my arm swell? Will this lead directly to melanoma?” When I recently over indulged after a party and felt a queasy sensation in my bloated stomach I thought “My pancreas! Is it working properly?” The little voice was jingling.

I view my breast cancer survivorship and the scars and tattoos from my mastectomy as neither “scarlet letter” or a “badge of courage” on my body. They mark the physical and emotional battle wounds from my fight with cancer, and I know that scars, though permanent, are healing over time.

Some people view cancer survivorship as a calling to live life with more purpose and to pay it forward. Some see it as a sign to move onward and make changes. Others view survivorship as a way to return to and embrace the life they have with more appreciation.

What I learned from having cancer is to take charge about making choices on how I want to live my life and care for myself. Fighting cancer is about making important choices on treatment and care and how you want define your life with cancer. Whether you refer to yourself as a cancer fighter, cancer survivor or “a person who had cancer” is your choice.

Breast cancer survivor Melanie Young is author of Getting Things Off My Chest:A Survivor’s Guide To Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer(Cedar Fort Inc./September 10, 2013/ $14.99) Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1462113230

You can follow her at www.gettingthingsoffmychest.com/feed at Twitter@mightymelanie

Here’s to Mom

A Dad’s Simple Salute to the Mothers in His Life; written by J. Kevin Morris.

Everyone who lives on this Earth right now has a mother. Everyone who’s ever lived on this Earth has had a mother. Go ahead. Refute that, if you can. But you can’t. Every human being under the sun has a mother. There’s one way to get into mortal circulation, and motherhood’s the way.

Daddy's Diary - Morris - PicOkay, so maybe there are two exceptions, but that was a very long time ago. And to even bring it up is simply picking nits, because otherwise, Mother’s Day is a celebration that applies to everyone, everywhere. Regardless. And Mother’s Day isn’t reserved for one’s own mother. There’s your grandmother to be acknowledged, your mother’s mother; and your wife, your children’s mother; and your daughter or daughter-in-law, your grandchildren’s mother.

It seems to just go on and on. But what could possibly be more appropriate than celebrating motherhood, from all its kinship perspectives? Nothing, that’s what. I have a mother. Couldn’t have had a better one. She’s simply the only woman who had what it took to raise me and not fall apart at the seams while she did it, even if the falling-apart-at-the-seams scenario was at times one temper tantrum away.

My mother has a mother. I loved her dearly, when she was here with us. Though departed, I still love and admire her and think tenderly of her, often. (I haven’t forgotten about my father’s mother, whom I also love and admire and think of tenderly, often.) I have Daddys-Diary3a wife, the mother of my children. The best wife and mother I could ever hope for. Together, we’ve shared the lives of three children. Terrific children. Better children than I ever had a right to expect. And it’s all their mother’s doing.

I have a daughter and two daughters-in-law. They’ve brought into this world nine children–children I’m proud to call my grandchildren. Kidlets just don’t come any better. I’m surrounded by mothers, it seems, and I wouldn’t have it any other way and when I think of what a woman must give of herself, from the day a child is born and on through every minute of life after that, I’m simply astonished that anyone is capable of being a mother.

But oh! how glad I am that someone is.

J. Kevin Morris is the author of Daddy’s Diary. Order a copy here.